Goodison Park -
Saturday 17th October 2009
V Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League 3pm
By Pete Lowe
It was my first visit to Goodison and a game I was particularly looking forward to as I arranged a weekend in Liverpool with my Everton supporting friends Anton and Joe (9). His partner and my family went on a retail therapy day to Liverpool 1 shopping centre leaving us to have a full day indulgence of footy.
After several pints of bitter at the Liver pub on Friday night I went to see young Joe Owen in his under 9's footy match…its no wonder this city develops so many professional footballers as the set up for youth football is excellent, 7 a side based on skill and poise as opposed to strength and endeavour.
After watching Joe play and eating a bacon and sausage bap it was off to the Weatherspoons Pub the Thomas Frost as recommended by this web site. Here I met my dad and my mate and his son who had travelled up by train. All of us wearing Wolves colours the pub was an excellent mixture of home and away fans, all in good voice and friendly. The pub is a slow 10 minute walk to Goodison Park.
First impressions of the ground were that this was a fairly dated yet traditional stadium in need of cosmetic improvement or demolition. Inside however I found the atmosphere fantastic and whilst the view was not the best ever (sitting on front row with excellent view of players ankles and the sloping of the pitch surface) it was at least unobstructed. Tea and coffee was as standard although it did get fairly squashed in concourse. Friends sitting towards back of stand did complain about obstructed views so I would advise trying to get seats in first 10 to 15 rows!
Kevin Doyle scored in the 87th minute raising the prospect of our first away victory only for us to concede a last minute equaliser.
After the game I returned to the Thomas Frost pub and entered many conversations with Everton fans who I found friendly, hospitable and knowledgeable. My father, friend and his son then got a taxi back to train station (waved down right outside pub under £10) whilst we went to join family at Liverpool 1 (Everton have a shop there called Everton 2). Day was slightly let down when I found out the extent of my families retail therapy.
Excellent day, traditional and real stadium, hospitable and real football supporters and will definitely return!!
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